Below is a list of our most popular workshops; the structure, content and timing of these events can be tailored to your specific requirements. Many of our sessions can be adapted to half- or full-day sessions, or even lunchtime seminars. We are also happy to work with you to design a bespoke training event to meet the needs of your organisation or institution. Please Contact Us at any time to discuss your requirements.

Grants Academy (three-day workshop)

Grants Academy is a three-day training programme which will equip you with the knowledge and skills to optimally structure your proposals such that reviewers are excited (hooked!) by your research from the first paragraph. You will learn how you can use building blocks of argument, detail and justification throughout the document to ensure that confidence is inspired in the reviewers. This new knowledge will be used to develop the framework of your proposal.

Tricks, traps and techniques for bidding

This workshop covers the art of grant writing and is designed for all types of grant applications. It highlights many of the traps that applicants frequently fall into when writing proposals and some useful tricks and techniques that can be used to optimise applications. This session covers the component blocks of a proposal and strategies that can be used to assemble these blocks into a competitive document.

The funding landscape

This short course provides an overview of all major EU and UK funding opportunities. It details the funding that is available, recent changes relevant to research funding and key requirements for applying to these funders in terms of strategic priorities, objectives and criteria.

EU funding opportunities

The focus of this course is the funding that is available from the European Commission and addresses how to prepare a successful application, whether for a single host or collaborative project.

Funder specific training

We provide training events which familiarise participants with the funding opportunities, objectives and priorities of any of the major UK funders (e.g. Research Councils, Innovate UK, Newton Fund, Global Challenges Research Fund, Wellcome Trust, Leverhulme Trust, British Academy, British Council). These events help equip participants with the knowledge that they need to target these specific funders.

An introduction to impact

Impact is a crucial component of research proposals and it is often the part that applicants find the most difficult to address. This workshop develops techniques and strategies for maximising the many and diverse arguments relating to the impact of research, which are required to ensure that an application is competitive.

Framing ideas for funding

This workshop is designed to show how research ideas can be developed to fit specific calls by using worked examples across a range of challenges at various funding scales.

Data management

Strong data management is a key element of high quality research. This is reflected in the expectations of funding bodies that grant applications must provide evidence of appropriate provision for data management. This half-day workshop provides an introduction to the research data management landscape. It will look at data sharing and data management planning and give you the tools to create a data management plan.

Other Services

We also offer Proposal Writing services and Personalised Support for bid development.